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DaveFriedel

Why can't I talk to my TV and have it connect to IRC?  To my family?  To comment on a Tekzilla episode?

When devices get smarter, yet another revolution will happen with chat.  Think about what happened with MMO's with having a venue to talk.  The devices made it possible to connect "the last mile" to the gamer.  So will it be with TV's and video screens.  Talk to anyone, anytime, across languages even... in venues that matter... no keyboards.  Maybe there will be less war and more understanding.

Just my 2 cents on this subject.  I started using chat on an IBM mainframe in 1987, and saw the power of it back then.  If chat were a car, today it would only be a 57 Chevy.

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old_angel

Nice  to see you expanding your talents into a new venue (unless I missed some previous efforts). Is it totally annoying when responses from readers/listeners immediately go to the "creepy" stuff?

Always have enjoyed your take on tech stuff on Tekzilla and CNET. 

Look forward to more.

 

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zioburosky13

Surely folks, there are some nice, prety looking girl geek around yer place right?

Btw nice article.

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1337Goose

Welcome to Maximum PC Veronica! The twitter feeds said you were new around here. 

Concerning your article. I think Google Wave is going to be the next big thing. From the keynotes that we've all seen, it looks like we're going to get IM and a more permanent twitter-esque form of communication rolled into one.

~Goose

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Khaled

I remember IRC ... it's been so long ...

Thanks for the memories

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JDK

Chat rooms, social networks....they come and go.  I would like to see a resurgence of simple chat rooms personally because if I get one more flippin' person flooding my Facebook page with Mafia wars or Farmville updates I'm going to delete my Facebook account.....that is as soon as I figure out how to even delete a facebook account.  Because guess what....turns out my own (real) friends aren't actually very interesting! Also...wasn't there a time recently when getting that Christmas card from your Cousin you barely knew with updates on their kids caused a mandatory eye roll....because it was such a cliche?  But now, in Facebook I have to hear about it every time little Jimmy takes a dump!  Except now it's multiplied by 100!

Ok.....admittedly that's a Facebook and social network rant but the point is, is a real time chat room with random strangers would be a nice welcome for a change.  I, like probably most here (or maybe not) deleted my My space account awhile ago and Twitter...well twitter is IMO the very definition of a fad.  Artificial character limitations and it suffers from some of the same fundamental flaws as Facebook and My Space....it gets out of control and silly....even if you dont necessarily want it to.

It's micro fame.....it's for people that need that friend they haven't seen for 15 years saying "thats cool". Really?  The fact that you walked the dog and had a burrito for dinner is "cool"?  It's full circle patting each other on the back and saying good job.  How is that going to help us grow as a society? Lying to each other and pretending to care isn't helping.

Yep....still ranting....which brings me to my point.  What we all need right now is a good old fashion chat room flame war to realign the universe.  To once again balance good and evil.

 

 

I have a dream people. 

 

 

BTW....I dont want anyone here attempting to debate me on the Twitter 140 character artificial limitation point talking about how no body wants to read more than that.

 

You just did. 

 

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willsmith

Actually, I read 118 characters and skipped to the end.

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JDK

Nice try.

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010000100110010...

Asking her for her phone number? Man, we're too much of creepy internet stalkers.... 

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fnordfnord

"these days it tends to be a tool too raw for use outside the geek set,
where it’s frequently employed in conference “back-channels” or
listener discussions for podcasts such as This Week in Tech. IM has become a de-facto mode of communication amongst friends and co-workers
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local IRL friends, maybe...yes.

IRC is still utilized a lot more than you probably realize by "the geek set" (wtf does that even mean).I know you said it's widely used, but I think you're a little out of the loop when it comes to that topic. Of course you have your social networking fads that are going on right now...but that will change in the next few years.

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veronicabelmont

So you're saying that non-internet savvy folks are heavy IRC users? I guess I'm more out of the loop than I thought! All jokes aside, of course it's used for more purposes than the ones I listed. I could have gone on ad nauseum about it, but why?  

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Black Lable 69

Yeah & back in those days the internet was less clogged with the young & immature.

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veronicabelmont

You really nailed home the point of your comment with that title. Hah! I've *never* heard that one before!

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willsmith

Tell me about it.

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bladeguy

I agree that Twitter is the new IM tool.  It's easy to use, but it's hard as crap to follow. 

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jrep

... if sidebars could siphon off the irrelevant comments, and leave the on-topic stuff permanently attached to the posting? Nah, never happen.

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TerrenceCheek

Awesome read, it makes me think about my experience, I have just started playing this MMO 7 days ago, that has a chat room that you use to talk to your alliance and its awesome :) Chat rooms are *Rad and very helpful also :)

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Seana7a7

Are you talking about Eve online by any chance?

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acisneros

Great post! as usual. This made me remember back in my high-school days when I started becoming a complete geek, hehehe. microsoft Comic chat was really good

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quantumnerd

... but if you analyse the odds, what are the chances that you will actually make any progress with her? We're a huge crowd of nerds that seems to be begging for her phone number (if she gave one to everyone who asked, her phone provider would sue her), while on the topic of creepy people who want dates.

 

Still, I would like your phone num- *killed*

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nedwards

Well, she has a boyfriend, but you can reach her at (985) 655 2500.

 Just don't tell her I gave you the number.

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NeauxFear

I just realized that it was intentional.  It was a fail on my part.

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010000100110010...

Google the number. Heh.

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NeauxFear

That's an area code for southeastern Louisiana.  I don't know much about Ms. Belmont, but based on what I do know, I highly doubt she lives anywhere in the vicinity of Houma, LA.

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ka0s5150

I refuse to be rick rolled thanks anyways Nedwards, and thank you scroogle :)

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010000100110010...

Nice one. 

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lunchbox73

Well played sir. Well played.

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dracx619

some (but not most, dont go nuts now) of my fondest memories was the ol chat days which for me were the years 1999-2001. it seemed you could easily meet new and different people much easier, you really could be anyone you created yourself to be, pickin fights every now on then...it was fun. i tried a chatroom last year to see what was up and it was such a letdown. all these porn bots, spammers, pervs, no one who was real and not a bot had anything interesting to say. laaame. social networking just doesn't have that same something the old chats did and for you guys who used chats way before me know even better than me.

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ka0s5150

And so has maximum PC, who knew they employed such a georgous lady. Unless this picture fooled me and as you zoom out you get a look at here pear shaped body all 250Lbs.. lol but i don't think thats the case :) or at least thats what i will tell myself

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Mr.Pooney

I love you Veronica Belmont!

So much cutter then Patrick Norton

You make 45min of my friday so much more livable!

 Tekzilla rox!!!

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Comic Book Guy

When I first used the 'Net in '95, I remember discovering WBS (Web Broadcasting System; no longer around and hasn't been since around '99 or '00) & AIC (Alamak Internet Chat; it's still operating, but not with the users it had in the mid-'90s)...as well as a few other ones.  Of course when Instant Messaging picked up it was the death of the web chat, but web chat is still around: web forums.

Comic Book Guy

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lunchbox73

I went into an adult chatroom once pretending to be a 15 year old girl to see what would happen. Disturbing experience to say the least. No shortage of pervs out there.

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DevlshOne

What was more fun the antiquated AOL chat rooms where you could play a sound using {s and the sound name??? I had a blast making up "theme songs" for all my fellow members.

 

A/S/L?? *grin*

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Muerte

Oh, now you just went and made me feel creepy.

I was going to post that I wanted Veronica's phone number.

 

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